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Meth Traffickers of Mass Destruction

It’s like a garden hose. If you bend it over with the water turned full-blast, the pressure builds. Eventually, there will be a leak somewhere. And that’s exactly what’s happening in the fight against Meth trafficking in our state. When one drug ring is discovered, another simply pops up in its place.

The most recent squeeze on Idaho’s meth trafficking problem led to the incarceration of 9 individuals from southwest Idaho. The leader, José Salazar, a Mexican national, faces possible deportation following an extensive incarceration and parole. His “co-conspirators” face similar charges, with even more extensive parole time.

It is no wonder meth has such a strong hold on our state. The mountains, miles of wilderness, and rural settings make it a prime location for meth traffickers to hide out. To compensate, the National Guard has been staging meth lab practice seizures like the one earlier this month, which used a scenario featuring “chemical weapons of mass destruction” (http://www.kivitv.com/news/local/202768511.html).

Using this scenario allowed officials to condense training, enabling multiple branches of armed forces and peacekeepers to be prepared for anything that may turn up. And while it may seem a little far-fetched that a WMD would turn up in a simple meth lab raid, consider the fact that international feelings are already strained with the majority of Idaho’s meth being imported from countries like Mexico. As a result, this sort of cross-training is essential to help local, state, and federal teams work together to extract the drug rings.

Over the last 12 years, the number of meth lab seizures has greatly decreased, according to the National Substance Abuse Index, largely due to the combined efforts of local, state, and federal officials.

But meth has continued to be the drug of choice for Idaho druggies. As officials clamp down, there always seems to sprout up a new source of the drug elsewhere. Perhaps the next step would be to make foreigners illegal without documentation. Yeah, that should work…

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